LibSearch

Search books, articles, journals and more

You can use LibSearch without logging in. But in order to use the LibSearch personalised features, you need to have a LibSearch account.

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LibSearch subject guide

1.About LibSearch #

In the discovery tool LibSearch, you use one search to search the collections of the University Library as well as the metadata of dozens of publishers, such as Kluwer, Elsevier, Springer, EBSCO and Wiley. In LibSearch, you also search in the collections of libraries in the Netherlands and libraries worldwide.

 

How to use this subject guide

  • Use the search box to search within this subject guide or use the navigation to browse.
  • Create a deep-link to a specific section by clicking on the # next to the section title.
  • Generate a PDF for printing or sharing purposes by clicking on the PDF-icon at the top right of this guide
  • Use the feedback options below each section of this subject guide to let us know if it was helpful, or report missing info or errors.
  • Feel free to contact one of our subject specialists.

 

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2.Your LibSearch account #

Sign in to LibSearch on the top right menu of the Online Library and the LibSearch results screen.

 

After signing in to LibSearch, you can use personalized search functions, like reserving and requesting books and save your search results in lists. You can also manage your loans via your LibSearch account.

 

 

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2.1.UM students and UM employees #

Sign in to LibSearch on the top right menu of the Online Library and the LibSearch results screen.

 

Choose ‘UM students and UM employees’.

UM students and UM employees

 

Sign in with your UM account. Agree with sharing the data as OCLC mentions. You have to do this only once.

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2.2.OU/MUMC+ and other users #

Sign in to LibSearch on the top right menu of the Online Library and the LibSearch results screen.

Choose “Other users (OU/ MUMC+/ …)”.

OU MUMC and other users

Sign in with your card number and password.

Activate account or request a new password

To activate your LibSearch account or request a new password, you need your 6 digit UM/azM card number (see image).

Step 1

Click on the button below and open the request window. Fill out your 6 digit card number and press “Set/reset new password”.

A message with an activation link will be sent to the email address registered with us. This is most likely your Maastricht University or azM/MUMC+ address. Follow the link in the mail for Step 2.

Step 2

The activation link in the email will open a page with a form (see image).Fill out your card number (= User Name), and choose your password.

Only fill out your card number (= User Name), and choose your password. After activation or password change you can close the tab/page and go on at (or get back to) this page to:

After activation or password change you can close the tab/page and go on at (or get back to) this page to:

  1. Start your search in the search box at the top
  2. Go to My LibSearch  for loans, lists and reservations

You can access My LibSearch directly from the top right menu of the Online Library and the LibSearch results page (see the first part of this section).

No activation email or other activation issues?

For all your questions and problems regarding activating your account and signing in to LibSearch we have a specialised support team in place.

In case you don’t receive the activation message in your mailbox within a few minutes after your request, you might check your spam folder first.

To contact our LibSearch support team for help:

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3.When to use LibSearch #

You can use LibSearch to find an article or a book you already know, but also to find literature about a specific topic, or to quickly get inspiration about a topic.

For searching UM master theses, you have to use a separate catalogue.

To do a comprehensive literature search, we strongly advise you to use our subject specific databases.
These databases provide specialised options, not offered by LibSearch. For example, the option to save searches, using a thesaurus or citation searching.

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4.How to use LibSearch #

Basic Search

  • Enter your keywords in the search bar
    When you use multiple keywords, LibSearch connects them by adding ‘AND’.
      
  • LibSearch uses a ‘keyword index’ for finding results
    The LibSearch index includes author, title, ISBN, publisher, topics and year of publication.
       
  • Use Boolean operators (AND, OR or NOT)
    Use capitals for the operators (e.g. communication OR media).
      
  • Search for combinations of words
    When searching for words you want to appear in a specific order, put the words in quotes, e.g. “Positive psychology”.
        
  • How to search for an exact phrase in title
    When you quickly want to find items like the e-journal “Nature”, type ti= Nature. The first result is the one you are looking for. You can also use the advanced search option below the search box. Use the filter option “title phrase”, fill in “Nature” and click on the search button.
      
  • Truncate with *
    For example, when using market* you will find results that contain words like market, markets, marketing, marketplace, etc. There have to be at least three characters before the *.
      
  • Use wildcards to replace a character
    # for one character. For example, wom#n will find results that contain woman and women. There have to be at least three characters before the #.
    ? for more characters. For example, re?tion will search for reaction, recreation, refraction, relaxation, etc.
      
  • Filter your search results
    You can always filter your search results using the options/filters on the left side of the screen.
      
  • Scope of your search
    By default, the setting for the results presentation is “Library and Relevance“.
    This means that the order of the presented search results is based both on the number of times your search words appear in the keyword index, and whether the results are from the UM collection, including articles you can access online. You can change this on the top left of your results screen, under “Sort by“.

 

Advanced Search

  • You find the Advanced Search beneath the search bar
    In addition to refining the search terms, it is also possible to define the databases you wish to search and the type of publication (book, certain journal volume, etc.).
    If you want to search for publications in one or more specific databases you can check these under “All databases”.
       
  • Non-default databases
    In the Advanced Search, you can mark the non-default databases to search them. They are not in the list of default databases because adding them will significantly slow down the search.

  

It is important to know that not all databases offered by the UM Library are covered by LibSearch. Some publishers don’t want their journals, books or databases to be indexed by other parties. This happens particularly in the field of law.

Good news: Kluwer Navigator has been indexed in LibSearch!

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5.How to get the full text #

  • Access/View button
    The Access/View button next to a search result will lead you directly to the full-text of articles, journals and e-books.
    Links to tables of contents of books and other additional information can be found under “Other Links”.
  • Availability information
    If you need more information about which publishers or platforms give access to the full-text you are searching for, click on the title of the article and check under “Availability”.
  • Journals and newspapers
    Please note, LibSearch doesn’t make a distinction between journal articles and newspaper articles. In LibSearch they are both ‘articles’.
    If you don’t want newspaper articles in your search results, you can mark the option ‘Peer Reviewed’ at the left side of the screen, to limit the search to peer-reviewed articles only.
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5.1.What if the online item is not available? #

It can occur that you do not gain access to a specific item, even though you should be able to.

If this is the case, please let us know as soon as possible. We will try to solve the problem.

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5.2.What if I can't access a specific journal or article? #

If you searched for the e-journal or article through LibSearch, please check the publisher’s website as well (a link is available in your search result). It is quite possible that the e-journal or article is available there.

If you can’t access the item, please let us know and we will try to solve the issue.

Please note: Access via the Maastricht University network is required. Read more about connecting to the university network.

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6.How to get an overview of e-journals and e-books #

Almost all of our e-journals are available in LibSearch through the search field.

As an alternative, you can use the e-journal list or e-book list.

 

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7.Search options #

LibSearch offers several options to manage your search results.

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7.1.How to use Editions and Formats #

When you search in LibSearch, the search results combine several editions and formats of a book into one record. The version shown is the most recent edition, which is part of the collection of the Maastricht University Library. It matches your search criteria as much as possible, so if you include a date, publisher, editor or a language limit, the search result shows an edition that matches those criteria. When you are looking for another version or another format, you have to click ‘View all editions and formats’. There will be a list of all editions available in Worldcat. The formats and editions available in the collection of the University Library are on top of the list, with the newest editions on top. Afterwards the editions & formats of other libraries are displayed.

Tip: when you enter the publication year in the search bar as well, you will find the required edition of the book faster.

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7.3.How to save your searches in LibSearch #

You want to save your repetitive research tasks with complex Boolean logic, multiple facets and specific databases to track new publications from an array of disciplines?
It is possible to reproduce your research queries repeatedly to your user account. After signing in you will see the option to save the search under ‘Search Tools’. With your UM account you may save up to 100 searches and manage these searches from your account page.

Clicking “Save this search” produces a confirmation of the saved search criteria with an action to view saved searches. You have access to your saved searches from the navigation bar or from the dropdown menu in your account.

When you want to view, re-run or delete your saved searches, go to your account details.

Need help?

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7.4.Exporting a citation #

One title

  • Click ‘Cite’ next to a search result
  • Choose ‘Export to Endnote/ RefWorks/ RIS

 

Multiple titles

  • Add the titles to ‘My items’ by clicking ‘Save’
  • Open ‘My items’ in the right upper corner of the screen
  • Mark ‘Select All’
  • Click ‘Cite’
  • Select a citation style under ‘Copy & paste’
  • Choose ‘Export to Endnote/ RefWorks/ RIS’

 

Please note: always check the imported data. There might be information entered incorrectly or incomplete.

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8.How to reserve books #

Information about reserving a book in our library: Borrowing and Membership.

For books the library doesn’t have in her collection, you can use our Inter Library Loan service.

 

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9.How to borrow from another library (ILL) #

For books the library doesn’t have in her collection, you can use our Inter Library Loan service.

With the Request Item button, you can request the book via PiCarta with your Inter Library Loan (ILL) account.

 

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10.How to find UM master theses #

UM master theses are available via a separate service: UM master theses.

Theses of UM students are not available in LibSearch.

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11.LibSearch video tutorials #

How to search

 

How to borrow

 

How to renew loans

 

More library instruction videos

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12.Tips and tricks #

Click on the pictures to enlarge them

 

How do I search an article in LibSearch

How do I search an article in LibSearch

 

How to search for an exact phrase in title

How to search for an exact phrase in title

 

How to use Editions and Formats

How to use Editions and Formats

 

Use the View Online button

Use the view online button

 

Use LibSearch as UM catalogue

Use LibSearch as UM catalogue

 

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For questions or information, use the web form right to contact a LibSearch specialist.

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